Covid-19 protocols for participants of the 2021 Cape Town Cycle Tour – Cape Town Cycle Tour

Covid-19 protocols for participants of the 2021 Cape Town Cycle Tour


The safety of our participants is always a top priority during the hosting of the Cape Town Cycle Tour. In 2021, the event will have the additional challenge of Covid-19 protocols which are aimed at mitigating risks for all involved.


In line with permissions received from the relevant authorities, the following mandatory protocols will be in place during Registration which precedes the event on 10 October 2021.

  • All participants will need to be fully vaccinated or undergo a Rapid Antigen Test, which must return a negative result, before they can register for the 2021 Cape Town Cycle Tour.
  • Participants are considered to be fully vaccinated if:

– they have had two doses of the Pfizer vaccine (with the second dose having been received a minimum of 7 days prior to the event)
– they have received one dose of the J&J vaccine (at least a minimum of 28 days before the event).

  • Proof of vaccination: Participants will be required to prove their vaccination status by either showing their vaccination card together with personal identification or, in the case of international participants, their vaccination bar code.
  • If you are collecting race packs on behalf of another participant you will need to present a copy of their proof of vaccination documents and a copy of their ID document.
  • Participants not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated : In the case of participants who have not been fully vaccinated or are unvaccinated, Rapid Antigen Tests (that take 15 minutes) will be conducted at Registration and must return a negative result before participants can collect their numbers. The cost of this test is for the account of the participant and will be R250.00
  • In the event that a participant shows a negative Rapid Antigen Test, but is displaying Covid-19 symptoms such as a fever or feeling unwell, the participant will be required to undergo a PCR Test with a negative result before they are allowed to register. This must be undertaken separately by the participant.


Recovering from Covid-19? What you need to know

Covid-19 can affect multiple body systems and is not just a lung disease, says Race Medical Director, Dr Darren Green of Mediclinic.
“The effects of infections are not all short term and there are some long term complications that could put your general health at risk,” Dr Green says. “The coronavirus doesn’t differentiate between amateur and elite athletes when it comes to possible complications.”

Covid-19  can affect the lungs, heart, kidneys, gut, nervous system and many more. Therefore, it is important to understand that there are recommended guidelines for anyone who wishes to, firstly return to training and, secondly, return to racing and competition.

“As Race Medical Director I recommend that anyone who has had moderate to severe symptoms due to Covid-19, feel unwell while training and especially those who required escalated medical support and care seek medical clearance for participation in high intensity sport and return to training, followed by return to competition. This clearance should involve a thorough systemic and cardiac evaluation depending on the severity and systemic involvement of Covid infection. “

It is recommended that all recovering Covid-19 patients are mindful of a graded and progressive return to training of increasing intensity over time. This should be done with cautious monitoring of physical  responses to high intensity and endurance training. Particular attention should be focused on those who have had moderate to severe symptoms during their illness. Certain investigations, such as blood tests, ECG tests as well as cardiac screening involving echocardiogram or cardiac MRI might even be required before returning to full training programmes.

Finally a caution that participants who have had a severe response to vaccination with prolonged symptoms of fever or muscle pain should avoid strenuous activity for 14 days.


Participant Declaration
By riding the 2021 Cape Town Cycle Tour it is understood that all participants do so with the following understanding:

  • That each participant understands the sport-specific risks of returning to competition during the pandemic.
  • That each participant is physically and mentally healthy enough to return to competition and understands the risks, mitigations and protocols in place for the duration of the event.                          
  • That each participant understands that they have had the opportunity to clarify uncertainties relating to the above.
  • That each participant declares any special requirements to organisers.


As an additional measure, to ensure that our medical team are better able to care for our participants in the event of a medical emergency, it is mandatory for all participants to complete the confidential medical pre-screening questionnaire, via the link below:


The questionnaire has been scientifically developed by our official medical partners, Mediclinic, and is aimed at preventing adverse outcomes on mass participation events. The event medical questionnaire is easy to complete and  shouldn’t take  longer than 15-20 minutes to complete. The questionnaire is a simple drop-down set of questions that may branch out to ask for details where necessary. It may also pick up risks for the participant, and in these cases the participant may receive personalised information regarding any potential health risks with suggestions to help you ride your best race.

 It could make a big difference on Race Day in the event of a medical incident.

“In addition to emergency care on raceday it also assists us with resource planning and distribution, pro-active  risk assessment and management. It has been used across a number of international profile events including the Cape Town Cycle Tour, Absa Cape Epic and Sanlam Cape Town Marathon,” says Dr Darren Green, Race Medical Director to the Cape Town Cycle Tour.


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